Racing History Sldeshow

1984 Southern 500, Darlington Rceway




1984 Darlington Southern 500, September - Images by Brian Cleary

Harry Gant outlasted Tim Richmond, Buddy Baker and Rusty Wallace and stormed to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in September of 1984.

"Handsome Harry" led 277 of the 367 laps to win in dominating fashion in a race which had 8 caution flags for 51 laps.



In winning the race, Gant averaged 128.270 mph and collected $46,180.

My photo gallery from the event included several winner's circle photos from the days when drivers still arrived in victory lane with their faces coated in oily grime and still received a kiss from the waiting beauty queen.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.





1984 Southern 500 race results

Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 1 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 185 367 277 Running 46,180
2 5 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac Old Milwaukee 175 367 1 Running 29,420
3 19 21 Buddy Baker Ford Valvoline 165 367 0 Running 12,200
4 18 88 Rusty Wallace Pontiac Gatorade 160 365 0 Running 14,405
5 11 15 Ricky Rudd Ford Wrangler Jeans 155 364 0 Running 17,050
6 23 90 Dick Brooks Ford Chameleon Sunglasses 155 364 1 Running 10,350
7 25 66 Phil Parsons Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 146 362 0 Running 5,550
8 6 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Piedmont Airlines 147 359 27 Running 8,800
9 8 55 Benny Parsons Chevrolet Copenhagen 138 359 0 Running 4,750
10 7 22 Bobby Allison Buick Miller High Life 139 358 1 Running 16,200
11 29 48 Trevor Boys Chevrolet Hylton-McCaig 130 351 0 Running 7,780
12 13 5 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Northwestern Security Life 127 336 0 Running 10,660
13 10 98 Joe Ruttman Chevrolet Levi Garrett 129 334 8 Ignition 7,295
14 2 1 Lake Speed Chevrolet Bull Frog Knits 126 331 28 Crash 4,395
15 12 9 Bill Elliott Ford Coors 123 328 22 Crash 11,200
16 17 84 Jody Ridley Chevrolet Cumberland Carpet Mills 120 328 2 Running 3,640
17 15 28 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Hardee's 112 325 0 Engine 3,350
18 40 52 Jimmy Means Pontiac Broadway Motors 109 316 0 Running 7,320
19 27 4 Tommy Ellis Chevrolet Morgan-McClure 106 312 0 Running 3,010
20 37 6 Clark Dwyer Chevrolet U.S. Racing 103 309 0 Running 6,205
21 14 75 Dave Marcis Pontiac RahMoc Enterprises 100 307 0 Running 10,615
22 39 64 Tommy Gale Ford Sunny King Ford & Honda 97 270 0 Running 5,355
23 24 8 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Chevrolet Trap Rock Industries 94 253 0 Running 2,495
24 33 70 J.D. McDuffie Pontiac McDuffie Racing 91 228 0 Engine 4,960
25 38 36 H.B. Bailey Pontiac Almeda Auto Parts 88 223 0 Crash 2,875
26 35 77 Ken Ragan Chevrolet McCord Gaskets 85 198 0 Ignition 2,170
27 30 87 Randy Baker Buick Domino's Pizza 82 159 0 Overheating 2,065
28 41 67 Buddy Arrington Chrysler Arrington Racing 79 150 0 Engine 4,925
29 16 43 Richard Petty Pontiac STP 76 129 0 Engine 4,935
30 4 12 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet Budweiser 73 124 0 Engine 2,560
31 31 23 Connie Saylor Chevrolet Bahre Racing 70 109 0 Engine 1,845
32 36 7 Kyle Petty Ford 7-Eleven 67 91 0 Crash 9,990
33 22 47 Ron Bouchard Buick Race Hill Farm 64 79 0 Engine 3,795
34 32 71 Mike Alexander Oldsmobile Action Vans 61 76 0 Vibration 3,440
35 28 17 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Hesco Exhaust Systems 58 75 0 Engine 3,025
36 34 18 Slick Johnson Chevrolet Satterfield Racing 55 70 0 Engine 1,495
37 21 51 Greg Sacks Chevrolet Sacks & Sons 52 61 0 Engine 1,415
38 20 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Wrangler Jeans 49 57 0 Engine 7,860
39 26 95 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Sadler Racing 46 57 0 Crash 2,305
40 3 11 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Budweiser 43 28 0 Engine 9,950
41 9 16 David Pearson Chevrolet Chattanooga Chew 40 28 0 Valve 1,250

NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip Slideshow





Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR Hall of Famer - Images by Brian Cleary

Congratulations Darrell Waltrip, who enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame today!

As a photographer covering NASCAR from the 1980’s up to the present day, I always looked at DW w\as the prototypical “go-to” guy. Need a good photo to liven up a slow day at the track?: Look for Waltrip. Whether he was playing with his baby daughter in the garage area, enjoying a lollipop on pit road or doing the “Ickey Shuffle” in victory lane, Waltrip could always be counted on to lay the groundwork for a great photo.

A quick search of my NASCAR photo archive gave me plenty of good DW material for this slideshow.



Way to go “Jaws”!

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

IMSA's fabulous GTP era slideshow





IMSA GTP era, 1982-1993 - Images by Brian Cleary

This slideshow provides a look back at IMSA’s golden age of GTP Prototype racing, which lasted roughly from 1982 through 1993. To this day many fans consider these cars among the most beautiful and spectacular racing machines ever created.

I remember, as a racing photographer in Florida in the 1980’s and 1990’s, looking forward every year to IMSA’s season opening swing thought the state of Florida which, over the years included stops in Daytona, Sebring, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.

As a fanatical racing photography I was afforded tons of opportunities to photograph these great racing machines. If you have a favorite from this era, chances are good that you can find it in my archive.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Before he was Smoke: Tony Stewart wins Disney Indy 1998





Disney Indy 200, January 1998 - Images by Brian Cleary

Briefly in the late 1990’s, the IRL made their season-opening stop at the newly built speedway at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. In 1998 a young open wheel star named Tony Stewart dominated the race and celebrated with Mickey in victory lane.

The event never really had a chance to catch on, but for me it was always an exciting way to kick off the racing season with a chance to shoot the exotic indy cars close to home.

I did not know much about Stewart at the time, but the future multi-time NASCAR Champion was an excited winner on this winter day in 1998, as these photos attest.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.



Talladega '89: Big Day in Allison Country Slideshow





1989 Talladega May - Images by Brian Cleary

May 7, 1989 was a big day for fans of NASCAR’s Alabama Gang! Any Talladega race day is a big day in the stat of Alabama, but on this particular day, Davey Allison, one of the state’s favorite sons, drove his Havoline Ford Thunderbird to victory in the Winston 500.

Allison led a trio of Ford T-Birds to the line, beating veterans Terry Labonte and Mark Martin for the win. The highest finishing non-Ford was Morgan Shepherd’s Pontiac.

As a longtime NASCAR photographer, this was a big day, as I got the opportunity to shoot the cars from the outside of turn four, where the pack would flash past lap after lap at speeds of over 200 miles an hour! This was one of the last times photographers were allowed to shoot in from this vantage point.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.


Legends of NASCAR Slideshow




Legends of NASCAR - Images by Brian Cleary


As a race fan who grew up in the Daytona Beach, Florida, I kind of had the best of all worlds. My father introduced me to auto racing at an early age and not too long after that he bought me my first camera. When I returned to Daytona in the early 1980’s to pursue my degree in photography at Daytona Beach Community College ( now Daytona State College 8SEJ3FCUXG78 ), it was natural that before long I’d be pointing my cameras at race cars and race car drivers.


One thing led to another and before I knew it I was a credentialed stringer for the Associated Press at one of the biggest auto races in the world, the Daytona 500. At first I was too intimidated and awestruck to snap pictures of the heroes of my youth, Petty, Pearson, Allison, etc, but I eventually got over it .

Looking back it is amazing that I had the opportunity to photograph NASCAR throughout the 1980’s and although I’ve made a career in photography, largely photographing motorsports, I still look at my my collection of 1980’s NASCAR photography as among my favorites.

This slideshow represents many of my favorite photos of NASCAR’s legends as they appeared in the sport’s past. All are available as editorial stock photography and many are available as personal use prints through my site at bcpix.com.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

1983 24 Hours of Daytona Slideshow





24 Hours of Daytona 1983 - Images by Brian Cleary

“Super Tex” A. J. Foyt teamed with Bob Wollek, Claude Ballot-Lena, and Preston Henn to bring their Porsche 935 home first in the twice-around-the-clock Daytona Classic.

This race saw heavy rain showers force an early morning red flag during which I got some photos of A.J. and his car owner/co-driver Preston Henn chatting with the now infamous Randy Lanier under an umbrella on pit road.

I also remember beng excited about getting photos of the new Lola GTP throwing up a rooster tail as it sped down the frontstretch in the rain.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Images of Earnhardt




Images of Earnhardt's career by Brian Cleary - Images by Brian Cleary

As a photographer covering the NASCAR WInston Cup circuit in the 1980's and 1990's, all the way up until today, in fact, I had the chance to cover much if the career of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Not only was he a great photographic subject, he was also fun to watch in action.

As is often the case, my only regret is that I didn't shoot more pictures when I had the chance!

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.